…among our headlines of interest, January into February 2017…
As Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency of the United States, let us revisit his first public reaction to some old news…
Fox5NY (Youtube) – Donald Trump Calls Into WWOR/UPN 9 News on 9/11 – of special note is the discussion at 5:13 in the video of the structural factors relating to the total destruction of World Trade Center towers 1 & 2. Trump suggests that the planes must have been loaded with something more than momentum and jet fuel to have A. penetrated the buildings and B. caused their collapse. One gets the impression that he might have signed up with Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth.
Trump had on the campaign trail made frequent reference to the then classified 28 pages of the 2002 congressional investigation of 9/11, wherein the role of the Saudi regime providing support for the attacks is examined…
Blacklisted News (Eric Zuesse) – Al Qaeda Funded by Royal Sauds, U.S. Gov’t. Documents
Since the partial declassification of the chapter, and with the passage of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), the Saudis have been scrambling to improve their PR and to challenge the 9/11 suits coming as a result of the act. One of the law firms contracted to represent the regime in the JASTA cases is King & Spalding (The Hill). It turns out that Trump’s choice for Director of National Intelligence (DNI), Indiana Senator Dan Coats, had previously worked for King & Spalding as co-president of governmental relations (Intelligence Online), and who a “King & Spalding news release once touted to clients as a leading member of its team of ‘Washington insiders'” (as noted in a now deleted Matt Tully op-ed from the Indianapolis Star, preserved at the late Gary Welsh blog, Advance Indiana). Following his stint as ambassador to Germany in 2005, Coats was with King & Spalding up until his successful 2010 run for the Senate, where he served one term, without running again in 2016 (AP). With King & Spalding, Coats lobbied for funding Saudi industrial training programs in 2009 on behalf of the Festo Corporation (N.Y. Times, pg. 6) and for Lockheed Martin on a variety of issues including provisions pertaining to Foreign Sales Corporation taxation, Export control and International Taxation issues, along with the F-22 multi-year program (ibid, pgs. 8/9). Weapons sales to Arab nations were something of an issue at the time that Coats was lobbying (7/30/07 CBS News) and Coats evidently persuaded some of his former and future Senate colleagues to lift the export ban of the F-22 (9/10/09 Reuters). His efforts paid off for Lockheed – 4/30/12 Defensetech: F-22s Are Back in the Middle East.
Amidst this backdrop, consider this evasively direct statement on Saudi Arabia in Trump’s Jan. 26 interview on FOX News…
HANNITY: Do you trust the Saudis? Over the years, I would argue they’ve been very duplicitous.
TRUMP: Yes. I don’t want to tell you about that. I don’t like talking about how I feel about people because I don’t want to be put in that position. I hope I get along with everybody. But it’s possible I won’t. A lot of money is being spent from certain countries on radicalizing people. I don’t like that. I don’t like that.
He doesn’t want to talk about it, but between the lines the message is clear – he doesn’t like the Saudi regime arming jihadists and funding Wahhabi madrassas around the world. 9/11 is perhaps deeper behind the lines of his veiled threat. Not that the Saudis are alone in culpability for the attacks, but their role is made clear in the 28 pages, including the still redacted passages which presumably Trump can now read for himself. One of the Saudi royals implicated is Prince Bandar, who was close enough to the Bush family to be nick-named “Bandar Bush” – see WxxxNews: Of Riggs, Bandar and Bush on this relationship.
Although it might be said that Donald Trump effectively hi-jacked the Republican Party through his populist campaign and victories in the primaries, RNC convention, and general election, becoming POTUS 45 itself could not be done without the aid of certain Republican insiders, not least of which is the Vice President, Mike Pence, and the pick for DNI which likely was made in order to satisfy Pence. As we note above, however, Dan Coats will have back-channels to one of the law firms which is representing the Saudis in the 9/11 suits, and perhaps to the Saudis themselves. These may be used to Trump’s advantage against the Saudis, but they could also be a viaduct for sabotaging such efforts.
It cannot go without saying moreover that Trump himself has his own vested interest in “getting along” with the Saudi royals, so long as they remain in power. This is being raised as to why Saudi Arabia (from which the majority of 9/11 hi-jackers were nationals) has not been included on Trump’s immigration ban list…
As it is, the readout of the first official communication between POTUS 45 and King Salman (White House) does not tell us as much as does this…
Keep an eye on how Lockheed fares against others, e.g. Boeing, as the Trump administration proceeds…
In other news, it has been a tumultuous first fortnight of the Trump presidency…
The battle of D.C. – some blood, property destruction, but no fatalities (see also the Feb. 1 battle of Berkeley below)…
It’s Going Down – #DISRUPTJ20 Report Back: The Logan Circle Black Bloc
Since offer of fellatio for votes to Hillary didn’t work…
N. Y. Times (Asra Q. Nomani) – Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 ‘partners’ of the Women’s March on Washington
Fort Russ (translating ruslanostashko LiveJournal) – It’s begun: America’s Maidan rears its head – Ruslan Ostashko
And finally, the scene we anticipated in our early May edition…
Whatever disasters may follow – short of global war – this in itself, among the first of his actions, is the most significant achievement of the Trump presidency – a repelling of the onset of corporate suzerainty over the rule of law of nations…
Nikkei – US announces withdrawal from TPP
Politico – Trump staff arrives at the White House
Free Thought Project – Trump Signs Executive Order Freezing All Federal Hiring — “Except for Military”
McClatchyDC – Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list
Wall Street Journal – High Court Precedent May Limit Trump’s ‘Sanctuary City’ Order
World Socialist Web Site – Trump nominates ultra-right justice to US Supreme Court
3:34 AM EST…
Trump State Department was off to a rough start…
Reuters (Jan. 19) – Trump to keep 50 staff in key posts at Pentagon, State, others
As of Jan. 26, it is an entirely clean slate…
Washington Post – The State Department’s entire senior administrative team just resigned
And yet, has the fundamental policy been expelled? Or is it to be amplified in dealing with unfinished business?…
N.Y. Times – Trump Embraces Pillars of Obama’s Foreign Policy
(which, we might add, embraced key pillars of Bush’s foreign policy)
All being targets of the neocon regime change hit-list….
National Iranian American Council – Trump’s Muslim Ban is Real and Even Worse Than Imagined
It’s Going Down – Protests Breakout at Airports Against Trump’s Immigration Ban
At airports across the world and at immigration checkpoints at airports across the United States, permanent U.S. residents were held in detention and some were put on planes back to their points of travel origination. When five federal judges issued temporary stays on the implementation of Trump’s executive order, the White House balked. For some reason, the Trump administration believes the judiciary is subservient to the executive branch. It took one federal judge, John Sirica, the chief judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and a Republican nominated by Dwight Eisenhower, to show President Richard Nixon that his “imperial presidency” stopped with the federal judiciary. Sirica, who was a close personal friend of former heavyweight boxing star Jack Dempsey, went several rounds in court with the Nixon administration over the Watergate scandal. In the end, Sirica delivered a knockout punch to several of Nixon’s closest advisers and, eventually, Nixon resigned in disgrace…
The second Trump executive order that has turned the White House upside down is his dictate to demote the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from members of the “Principals Committee” of the National Security Council. The Principals Committee, which normally include both the JCS chair and DNI, normally meet once a week. In fact, JCS chairman, Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, and DNI-designate Dan Coats, have been relegated to the rank of NSC “deputies.” The NSC “Deputies Committee” meets more often than the principals but they carry much less clout. Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told NBC News: “My biggest concern is there are actually, under the law, only two statutory advisers to the National Security Council and that’s the Director of Central Intelligence, or the DNI, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. I think pushing them out of the National Security Council meetings, except when their specific issues are at stake, is a big mistake.” In other words, Trump’s order removed the two NSC members whose membership is based on the law. It is strike two for Trump, as far as his ignorance of the law is concerned.
There are reports that two of Trump’s closest advisers — chief of staff Reince Priebus and press secretary Sean Spicer — have come close to resigning from a White House they believe is operating by the seat of its pants.
In what might be considered strike three, Trump elevated his political counselor Bannon to the Principles Committee of the NSC. George W. Bush’s counselor Karl Rove and Obama’s counselor David Axelrod sat in on a few NSC meetings but they were not members nor were they permitted to speak.
The NSC decision by Trump did not sit well with General Dunford’s old Marine Corps colleague, retired General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. There are rumblings in the Pentagon that Mattis is not at all pleased that his four-star Marine colleague has essentially been replaced on the NSC by Bannon, whose highest rank in the Navy was Lieutenant. At the Washington elite Alfalfa Club dinner on the evening of January 29, Mattis’s unhappiness over the treatment of Dunford was the talk of the gossip circuit as was General John Kelly’s irate reaction to the implementation of a visa ban order at Homeland Security over which he had zero input. White House sources at the dinner told The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons that the visa ban was ordered not to be discussed with anyone outside the White House or, as was the case with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), even within the White House…
There were early concerns about Trump placing so many generals in the Cabinet. So far, the generals — Mattis and Kelly, with the addition of Dunford at JCS — may be the only people standing between a would-be dictator and the U.S. Constitution. The clock had longer to tick out on Nixon. Trump’s fast-moving clock toward impeachment is now at September 1973 in Nixonian terms.
Update 1x: U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California Dolly Gee became the sixth federal judge to block Trump’s executive order on deportations. She ordered the immediate return to the United States of Iranian national Ali Vayeghan, a U.S. visa holder, who was deported from Los Angeles to Dubai. Vayeghan was en route to see his son, a U.S. citizen, in Indiana. Gee ruled that Trump’s immigration ban violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. Trump’s order also resulted in acting Attorney General of the United States Sally Yates proclaiming that the Justice Department would not defend Trump’s order in court as it is a violation of the Constitution and the Immigration and Nationality Act. Judge Gee was nominated by President Obama and she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in December 2009. Yates is a non-partisan career Justice Department prosecutor. If Trump fires Yates prior to the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, Trump sets the stage for the greatest constitutional crisis since the “Saturday Night Massacre” of October 1973 when President Nixon fired his Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General for refusing to sack the Watergate special prosecutor on Nixon’s orders.
Later that evening, he fired her…
Wall Street Journal – Trump Team Kept Plan for Travel Ban Quiet
His first blood…
U.S. Department of Defense – U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq
Guardian (Jan. 22) – Suspected US drone strikes kill three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen, officials say
Alert 5 (Jan. 29 L.A. Times) – Osprey destroyed; U.S. soldier killed during raid in Yemen
The U.S. military said it killed 14 militants in a raid on a powerful al Qaeda branch that has been a frequent target of U.S. drone strikes. Medics at the scene, however, said around 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed…
Eight-year-old Anwar al-Awlaki [sic – Nawar, or Nora ], the daughter of U.S.-born Yemeni preacher and al Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki, was among the children killed in the raid, according to her grandfather. Her father was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011.
“She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours,” Nasser al-Awlaki told Reuters. “Why kill children? This is the new (U.S.) administration – it’s very sad, a big crime.”
But it was a left-over from the old administration…
The military’s Joint Special Operations Command had been planning the mission for months, according to three senior American officials. Obama administration aides had deliberated extensively over the proposed operation, weighing the value of any information that might be recovered against the risk to the Special Operations forces plunging into hostile territory. But administration officials ultimately opted to hand the decision on the mission to their successors.
Given his suspected Wahhabist leanings – see our Dec. 27 edition – the question can be asked: did the foreknowledge come from the former CIA director John Brennan? His parting shot to Trump? Not that efforts to sabotage won’t continue as he enters the private sector.
Regardless, the raid and its casualties fall under the epitaph of “nightmares we inherited” (Richard Nixon’s words, in answer to Mrs. Dickerson, towards the end  of his Jan. 4, ’71 press conference – The American Presidency Project). As Nixon inherited Viet Nam, as Kennedy inherited the Bay of Pigs, as Obama inherited Afghanistan and Iraq, Trump has inherited the nightmare of “war without end” – not just one or two wars, but multiple wars in addition to Afghanistan and Iraq, which though deescalated under Obama, have been supplemented with wars in Libya and Syria among other theaters including Yemen.
Trump has quickly joined then the gallery of war criminal presidents, inclusive of every president since FDR (with the possible exceptions of Ford and Carter). Among Obama’s crimes was the the targeted assassination of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki, without due process as afforded by the U.S. Constitution. As we recall, the domestic mainstream media were apologists when Obama killed Awlaki along with, albeit as ‘collateral damage’ later on, his 16 year old son Abdulrahman (if it was reported at all). But perhaps one of the benefits of the Trump presidency is that the same media shall again become adversarial, as the First Amendment intended it to be…
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Photo of Dead Nora, from the Facebook page devoted to Nawar al Awlaki
CBC News (Jan. 30) – U.S. drone kills 2 suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen
Zero Hedge (Feb. 1) – Gen. Flynn: “Today We Are Officially Putting Iran On Notice”
Reuters (Feb. 2) – ‘Nothing is off the table’ for Iran: Trump
Middle East Eye (Feb. 3) – US imposes new sanctions on Iran and sends warship to coast of Yemen
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty – Pentagon Denies Russian Claims About Coordinated Strikes In Syria
President of Russia – Telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump
Notwithstanding, the tanks are still rolling East…
Estonian world – The US is to deploy tanks to Estonia
Fort Russ (translating Süddeutsche Zeitung) – Though Merkel makes nice, Germany knows what’s going on it Donetsk
Moon of Alabama – Ukraine – Coup Government Tries To Sabotage U.S.-Russia Rapprochement
Bloomberg – The One Russian Linking Putin, Erdogan and Trump
Mixed signals as to whether Trump’s national security advisor is still under investigation for his communications with Russia…
Washington Post – Flynn is in quite a fix
But do keep Hersh’s LRB Military to Military in mind…
The New Arab (citing Arabic Rudaw) – Russia-drafted new constitution for Syria promises Kurds greater autonomy
Al Monitor – Why did Russia offer autonomy for Syria’s Kurds?
Penny for your thoughts – Trumps Syrian Safe Zones: Trouble for Turkey & Syria / Undermining Astana Agreement
Counter Current News – Trump Tells CIA “We’ll Get Another Chance” at Invading Iraq and Stealing Its Oil
GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – 45’s Lessons From The Surge
Global Research – Trump’s “War on Terrorism”: Going After America’s “Intelligence Assets”?
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Reuters) – Bandar’s Boy, Ahmad Jarba, Claims To Lead Arab Assault Force Upon Raqqa
DEBKAfile – First Trump era war? Serbia versus Muslim Kosovo
21st Century Wire – “There are NO Moderates”, Tulsi Gabbard’s Report from Syria
Moon of Alabama – The End Of Mingling – “Moderate Rebels” Join Al-Qaeda In Syria
Al Arabiya – Ukraine seizes Iran-bound plane ‘carrying missiles’
Al Monitor – Netanyahu’s road to Iran runs through North Korea
HMS Vengeance for 1776? 1812?…
With change of administration, is The Donald sending Her Majesty a message?…
Amid hopes of deescalation of U.S. tensions with Russia, shall another old rivalry be revived?…
Fort Russ (translating ruslanostashko LiveJournal) – Chinese missiles on Russia’s border: The West’s newest information war ploy
Washington Free Beacon – China Tests Missile With 10 Warheads
South China Morning Post – China ‘steps up preparedness for possible military conflict with US’
Global Research (Bruce Gagnon) – Space Technology, Global Warfare, The Pentagon “First Strike Attack Plans”. Growing US Military Presence in “Asia-Pacific Pivot”
Yonhap News Agency – U.S. asks S. Korea to arrest ex-U.N. chief’s brother
ThereAreNoSunglasses (Danikbaskrkcom) – Hafiz Saeed Allegedly Arrested In Pakistan Under Pressure From Trump
IHS Janes 360 – Kenyan base overrun in Somalia
Strategic-Culture (Wayne Madsen) – ‘Billion-year’ Gambian President Was Installed by the CIA
Under the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, it was not unusual for Central Intelligence Agency station chiefs in capital cities around the world to coordinate political activities between Open Society Institute (OSI) “civil society” staffers financed by hedge fund billionaire George Soros and members of governments and opposition political parties. However, according to WMR’s sources in Europe, all that ceased when Donald Trump’s selection as CIA director, Mike Pompeo, took over the reins at the CIA.
Trump ordered Pompeo to sever all CIA connections with Soros’s multitude of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Most of these links were carried out via the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), longtime ciphers for CIA involvement with NGO activities abroad. A more recent U.S. government-funded entity, the US Institute of Peace, has also carried out subversive operations in concert with the CIA…
A number of political leaders in eastern Europe and Eurasia, including the prime ministers of Hungary and Slovakia and the presidents of the Czech Republic, Serbia, and Macedonia, have complained about the coordination of activities on their soil between the CIA, Soros, and domestic opposition groups. It was this sort of coordination that led to anti-democratic “color revolutions” in Georgia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Macedonia that led to the ouster of democratically-elected governments.
In a more “cloak-and-dagger” move, the CIA, which has closely monitored groups acting against the activities of Soros and warned them of threats when necessary, has dropped that surveillance, according to our sources. That means Soros and his minions of “Sorosites” are now fair game for intelligence agencies ranging from Budapest, Podgorica, and Bucharest to Chisinau, Minsk, and Skopje. George Soros may now have to make one more “investment” — the hiring of capable personal body guards.
He’s now targeting Romania evidently…
Ronald Thomas West – Trump’s DNI – A Dire Wolf for Jesus
Intercept (Jeremy Scahill) – Notorious Mercenary Erik Prince Is Advising Trump From the Shadows
Another retraction – we linked this in our previous edition; it is becoming quite exhausting as a news aggregator to do the fact checking that these so-called journalists are lapsing on!…
Just Security – A New Era of Mass Surveillance is Emerging Across Europe
Der Spiegel (RT English) – Sadistische Rituale bei der Kampfsanitäter-Ausbildung
Climate Depot – All References to ‘Climate Change’ Deleted From White House Website at Noon Today (Inauguration Day)
Huffington Post – EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say
Free Thought Project – Trump Signs Executive Order Forcing Continuation of DAPL & Keystone XL
Infowars (Jerome Corsi) – Moscow Trains Anti-Trump US Radicals – CNN’s Putin/Trump Link Debunked
The battle of Berkeley…
It’s Going Down – Berkeley: Clashes Break Out Against Alt-Right and Milo
Earlier in Milo’s “dangerous faggot” tour…
Industrial Workers of the World – Shooter of unarmed anti-racist walks free; authorities silent
Victoria Advocate (Texas) – Investigators search for cause of mosque fire
Penny form your thoughts – Quebec Shooting: “White Privilege” Identity Politics & Dylann Roof Replay
Delaware Online – Two-day Smyrna, Delaware prison siege leaves one dead
Chicago Tribune – Shootings, homicides in Chicago both higher than start of violent 2016
NBC Chicago – 6 Shot at Memorial For Victim of Chicago Gun Violence
Black Agenda Report – Trump Will Probably Dump Police Department “Consent Decrees”
N.Y. Times – Trump Is Said to Keep James Comey as F.B.I. Director
“Pizzagate” still alive…
Daily Mail – Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college
Aangirfan – EPSTEIN; JANE DOE 43
Correction to the following headline: technically, it is CBS affiliate reporter Ben Swann, who indeed has been a noble journalist covering otherwise verboten subjects over his career at various local network affiliates around the country, from El Paso to Cincinnati to Atlanta’s CBS46…
Rense (Yoichi Shimatsu) – The Clinton Imbroglio In Haiti-Balkan Black Magic – PizzaGate 10
(citing Коммерсантъ, translation at ThereAreNoSunglasses) – Head Of Investigations At Russia’s Biggest Cybersecurity Firm Arrested For Treason
Empty Wheel – On Russian Treason
ThereAreNoSunglasses – Kaspersky’s War On Crowdstrike Evangelist Dmitri Alperovitch
Wall Street Journal – Key Claims in Trump Dossier Said to Come From Head of Russian-American Business Group
@wikileaks – Reward for the killers of Seth Rich is now $130,000
Edward Klein – Hillary: “I’ll Be Back!”
[Why won’t Ed approve our comment?: The woman is delusional. While she still has a few dead-ender defenders, most of the sentiment coming fro the left is that of anger for her DNC stealing of the nomination from Bernie. Besides all that, she must be in denial about her health. Please, just fade into the sunset…]
Daily Mail – Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college
Wall Street on Parade – Citigroup’s Crime Spree Against Americans Continues With Slaps on the Wrist
Wall Street Journal – Donald Trump Plans to Undo Dodd-Frank Law, Fiduciary Rule
New Yorker – Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich
ENE News – Experts: US hit with sudden spikes of rare radioactive material from Fukushima — Has 15.7 Million year half life — “Orders of magnitude” rise in levels on West Coast — Much higher amounts than were detected near Fukushima plant just after 3/11
Guardian – Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms – citing…
[Editor’s note: with other projects having fallen into neglect, our regular aggregating of headlines shall be less intensive in coming editions. We will aim at resuming monthly, rather than fortnightly editions.]